Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century

Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century

Giovanni Arrighi

Language: English

Pages: 422

ISBN: B01K3HS4GQ

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Acclaimed exploration of China’s emergence as the most dynamic center of current economic expansion.
In the late eighteenth century, the political economist Adam Smith predicted an eventual equalization of power between the conquering West and the conquered non-West. In this magisterial new work, Giovanni Arrighi shows how China's extraordinary rise invites us to read The Wealth of Nations in a radically different way than is usually done. He examines how the recent US attempt to bring into existence the first truly global empire in world history was conceived in order to counter China's spectacular economic success of the 1990s, and how the US's disastrous failure in Iraq has made the People’s Republic of China the true winner of the US War on Terror. In the 21st century, China may well become again the kind of noncapitalist market economy that Smith described, under totally different domestic and world-historical conditions.

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the greater part of his time to this peculiar occupation. " From this standpoint, the creation or a modern standing army has several advantages over reliance on militias . It affords greater specialization in military activities ; it inculcates the qualities of regularity , order, and prompt obedience to command that " in modern armies, are of more im­ portance . . . than the dexterity and skill of the soldiers in the use of arms" ; and it "establishes , with an irresistible force, the law of the

Smith claimed? What forces, if any, would prevent this commerce from generating a virtuous circle of enrichment and empowerment for the peoples of European descent and a vicious circle of impoverishment and dis empowerment for most other peoples ? These questions fall beyond the horizon of Smith's historical sociology. They are, nonetheless, central to our concerns. In order to answer them, we must now take a step backward to re-examine the different conceptions of economic development discussed

val ue added rose from 10.7 percent in 1975 to 17.0 percent in 1998, and its share of world manufactured exports grew even faster, rising from 7.5 percent in 1975 to 23.3 percent in 1998.24 By dealing with the world's South in a cursory way, Brenner thus tends to miss one of the most dynamic elements of the intensification of competition to which he attributes so much importance. The second problem with Brenner's focus on three countries is more serious: the virtual eviction of world politics

the dollar' s position as an international reserve currency. " But he has no satisfactory explana­ tion of the flight and pays no attention to the Arab fears over Afghanistan and Iran that, according to Business Week, were behind the surge in the price of gold to an all-time high of $875 in January 1980. 29 As in the case of the liquidation of the gold-dollar exchange standard ten years earlier, war and revolution in the South, rather than inter-capitalist competition among the world's three

the dollar' s position as an international reserve currency. " But he has no satisfactory explana­ tion of the flight and pays no attention to the Arab fears over Afghanistan and Iran that, according to Business Week, were behind the surge in the price of gold to an all-time high of $875 in January 1980. 29 As in the case of the liquidation of the gold-dollar exchange standard ten years earlier, war and revolution in the South, rather than inter-capitalist competition among the world's three

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